Baking: Eared Grebe

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Podiceps nigricollis

Length: 11-13 Weight: 0.5-1.5 lbs

Identification:

Black neck and peaked head with red eye. In breeding season, tufts of yellow/orange feathers behind eye, and rufous sides. In winter, black and white, distinguished by placement of peak on head and relatively poofy body.

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Distribution:

Breed in northwestern and central United States and Canada. Winter along the Pacific Coast and throughout Mexico to the Gulf Coast.

Cool Facts:

3-6 times a year the Eared Grebe lets its flight muscles atrophy while it focuses on building fat for migration. This results in a total of 9-10 months of flightlessness each year, the longest flightless period for any flighted bird.

Eared Grebes migrate only at night.

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References:

All About Birds

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